Gotye Tops North American Charts

14 April 2012 | 12:59 pm | Staff Writer

Gotye and Kimbra hit number one and two in Canada and the US.

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Gotye's international smash Somebody That I Used To Know, featuring Kimbra, has taken over the upper reaches of the North American charts.

The Australian-based singer's hit has knocked Justin Beiber's Boyfriend off the top of the Canadian Hot 100, where the song initially had failed to stir record buyers in the same way it had in other territories. 

However when Canadian band's Walk Off The Earth cover of Somebody That I Used To Know became a viral sensation, the original took off there and has spent 16 weeks climbing toward number one.

It reaches the top spot just weeks after fellow Australian Sia held the top spot in Canada with her Flo Rida collaboration Wild Ones.

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In the US, Gotye and Kimbra's single has climbed from three to two in its 14th week in the Hot 100 there.

The song also remains number one in France and on the US Rock Songs chart. It has also taken off in the US Dance/Club Play chart, this week jumping from 21 to 13.